Minato Mirai Bon Odori Dance Festival

A celebration of dance in Yokohama

By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read
Venue: Rinko Park When: Aug 16th - Aug 17th 2020 ,  4:30pm - 8:30pm

The Minato Mirai Bon Odori Festival will once again be held in mid-August in Rinko Park, Yokohama. Looking out over the evening waters of Yokohama Bay, Rinko Park provides one of the most pleasant locations for one of Japan's most-loved summer traditions.

As with previous years, the festival will feature beer gardens and a Yokohama gourmet yatai street food stall corner delivering festival staples like kakigori shaved ice and yakitori skewers of grilled chicken. Traditional taiko drummers will be beating out their summer rhythms while yukata-clad dancers dance the bon odori around the central yagura stage.

A community tradition, the bon odori's circle of dancers is open to anyone wishing to join in and participate. Free to enjoy and with its views of Yokohama Bay Bridge lit up over the bay, the Minato Mirai Bon Odori Festival is the perfect Japanese summer experience.

Getting there

From Yokohama Station, take the Minatomirai Line to Minatomirai Station. Rinko Park is a 5-minute walk from Keyaki-dori Exit 5.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I drool over proper soba and sushi while Japanese aesthetics ticks all the right boxes for me.With over 100 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style, I also happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Kim B 2 months ago
Those photos just scream summer! Love it!
Kim B 2 months ago
I definitely have a love-hate relationship with summer. The festivals definitely bring some joy and excitement to the humid months!
Elena Lisina 2 months ago
August is full of festivals!!!
Sleiman Azizi Author 2 months ago
I've come to love summer in Japan.
Elizabeth S 2 months ago
Bon Odori is a great way to beat the heat. Most years, I’ve joined in wearing jeans or yukata. The dances have repetitive movements. Watch, copy and you get the hang in no time.
Sleiman Azizi Author 2 months ago
Free fun, right? Local ones are nice, the atmosphere is congenial and the people are happy. It really is a win-win for everyone involved.